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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Psalm 134, 146-150

This passage is of uplifting psalms of praise.  They focus on how God is the God for everyone.  As I have mentioned elsewhere, this notion is not found in all parts of Scripture.

Here is Psalm 148's cosmic, space-time take on the subject.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away
Ours is a big god, okay.  

There is lots of use of "Zion" in this passage, psalm 147 includes, "The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel."  Which raises a question for the creators of the reading list.  This psalm--and according to the NIB Commentary all of Book V--reflects a post-exile sentiment.  So, why am I reading it in the middle of King Solomon's reign?


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